Beijing Service Info
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In general, Beijing is very safe and most tourists will have no problems while visiting this giant city. The only thing that you should be careful about are pickpockets, especially in the places with large crowds, but that it also rare and not usual. You should also avoid empty streets as well and isolated places, and ty to keep all of your valuable things secure. The greatest risk to the security of the tourists is the traffic, which is chaotic in a way and foreigners who are not used to it may find it dangerous and therefore should be very careful when crossing the street.
Pharmacies (药店; yàodiàn) are all over the city, so even for the people who are in Beijing for the first time it would not be the problem to find them. As a tourist, you should we well aware of the air pollution in Beijing, which can be quite serious, due to more than five million motor vehicles, dust storms from the north and coal burning in neighboring regions. There are numerous public and private hospitals, and they are not much different regarding the quality, though the waiting queues in the public ones can be huge at times. There are also numerous clinics for foreigners, where the staff can speak English and offer excellent treatments. Among the best are:
Peking Union Medical College Hospital (北京协和医院; www.pumch.cn; 6915 6114), which can be found on two addresses:
1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing, Dongcheng District (北京市东城区帅府园一号)
41 Damucang Hutong, Xicheng District (北京市西城区大木仓胡同41号)
Hong Kong International Medical Clinic Beijing (北京港澳国际医务诊所; 2 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Dongcheng District (东城区朝阳门北大街2号) ; www.hkclinic.com/en; 6553 2288)
Beijing Friendship Hospital (北京友谊医院; 95 Yong’an Lu, Tianqiao, Xuanwu District (宣武区永安路95号); www.bfh.com.cn; 6301 6616).
ATMs (取款 机; qǔkuǎn jī) can be found anywhere around the city and they mostly accept credit cards from any place abroad. However, you should stick to the ATMs of the reputable banks (银行; yínháng) such as the Bank of China, ICBC, HSBC, or CITIC. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and shopping malls, but it is definitely good to have some cash for just in case because the cards cannot be used everywhere. Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Diners credit cards (信用卡; xìn yòng kǎ) are widely accepted. Money can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices (外汇 兑换 处; wàihuì duìhuàn chǔ), post offices, as well as in some hotels and restaurants. Western Union locations can be found around the city. To find a location visit: www.westernunion.cn/en/location_search.php
Visitors of Beijing should not have any kind of problems with access to the Internet, because most of the hotels, restaurants and cafes have free wireless connection. The quality of the internet in Beijing is good and will satisfy most of the average users. Internet cafes (网吧; wǎngbā) can be found everywhere, and most of the services offer printing, scanning, copying, and burning CDs and DVDs. You may have to provide your passport in an internet cafe. The price of the internet service in internet cafes generally range from CNY4 to CNY7 per hour, depending on the quality of computer equipment and internet speed. Access to some websites, including most of the western social media, is restricted by China government.